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Phoenix beats new law’s deadline, destroys guns

rifle-gun-cashPhoenix police officers worked overtime to check nearly 2,000 weapons from a gun-surrender program so they could be destroyed before a new state law required the firearms to instead be sold.

The Arizona Republic reports that the guns were turned in last spring, and that a new law state meant they would have to be sold instead of melted down.

However, Phoenix used nearly 175 hours of police overtime plus time donated by reserves and personnel from other agencies to process the guns before the law took effect Sept. 13.

The processing involved checking the guns to see whether they’d been reported stolen or had specific characteristics of weapons used in crimes.

Four of the guns were reported stolen, and one was linked to a shooting.

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One comment

  1. Those people should go to jail for that. That is totally a waste of taxpayer’s overtime money. These people have no respect for taxpayers or the Constitution or the law.

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